Former Career Development Fellow
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A CEDAR Helen accrued just over four years of post-doctoral research experience, first as a Career Development Fellow (CDF), and currently as a Research Associate. Her research seeks to examine the factors that influence health behaviours, particularly in young people, and to develop and evaluate behaviour change interventions. Her focus is understanding behaviour change, and translating that knowledge to address real world problems.
Work completed during her CDF formed the basis for a successful co-application to the NIHR Public Health Research (NIHR-PHR) funding stream to conduct feasibility and pilot trials of a family-based physical activity intervention (“Families Reporting Every Step to Health”). Helen’s current position, also funded by NIHR-PHR, includes a large cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate a school-based intervention (“GoActive”) to increase physical activity in adolescents. She recently attended a residential Intervention Mapping Workshop at Maastricht University to further her knowledge of developing theory- and evidence-based health promotion programs. In 2015, Helen was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, and accepted an invitation to chair the Membership Committee. In 2016, her work was shortlisted for both the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Impact, and Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research.
Education and experience
Helen has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and Social Science (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK, June 2007) and MSc in Physical Activity and Public Health (Loughborough University, UK, June 2008, supervisor: Professor Stuart Biddle). She obtained her PhD in Physical Activity and Public Health from the University of Queensland, AUS in October 2013 (supervisor: Professor Wendy Brown). During her PhD, Helen was employed as a full-time Associate Lecturer, coordinating a large undergraduate Physical Activity and Public Health course.